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Gilbert family moving forward after fire destroys home on Thanksgiving weekend

KNXV Gilbert family Thanksgiving vent fire
Posted at 6:54 PM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 20:54:13-05

GILBERT, AZ — The family photos, the children's favorite toys, a home full of memories - gone.

It's tough to put into words the loss for Jonny and Brittany Tashjian. As they walk through their Gilbert home much of their memories are now diminished to debris a few feet thick on the ground.

Their story started Thanksgiving weekend when six-year-old Decklan insisted the family go for a bike ride. Their two little girls, Savannah and London, also along for the ride. But about 15 minutes in, they noticed smoke in the distance. The heavy smoke could be seen in the family's Snapchat. Little did they know, their home was engulfed in flames.

There isn't much left after a small ventilation fan in the laundry room ceiling caught fire.

"I still right now I don't - I guess fully comprehend it," said Brittany. "You don't think it'll be something that small."

The family is thankful they were on the bike ride when the fire started. Savannah's crib, where she would have been napping that afternoon, is full of debris.

"Every time I look and I just see that full of nails and tiles and thinking of she would have been in there," said Jonny.

Now the family is warning other families to be careful with ventilation fans that are in most people's bathrooms and laundry rooms. Fire investigators say they are a common cause of house fires so limit amount of time they're on, clean the lint and dust from around them and if it's not working right - don't use it.

The Tashjian family hopes their story will keep other families from going through the same loss.

A GoFundMe page has been started to help the family.